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Around the NFC East, 3/12: Walter Thurmond to retire?

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News, notes and nuggets from SB Nation's other NFC East websites.

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With another busy week in the books, let's take a look at the NFC East to see what Big Blue's rivals are up to through our SB Nation NFL affiliates.

The Top Story

Ex-Giant Walter Thurmond contemplating retirement?

According to Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News, there is a growing belief among people around the Eagles franchise that safety Walter Thurmond is retiring. Thurmond, 28, is coming off his healthiest and one of the most productive seasons of his career, but has had a detailed injury history and interests outside of professional football. Thurmond, a free agent, was not expected to return to the City of Brotherly Love due to coaching staff changes, but there has not been much reported interest in him on the market. Maybe this is the reason why?

Eagles Headlines

Mark Sanchez traded to the Super Bowl champions

Backup quarterback Mark Sanchez has been dealt from the Philadelphia Eagles to the Denver Broncos in exchange for a conditional seventh-round pick. Sanchez was 4-6 in 10 starts with the Eagles, including 0-2 last season. Trading the quarterback saves the Eagles $4.5 million in cap space.

Howie Roseman explains why the Eagles moved up in the draft

The Eagles apparently have 10 players who they like very much in this draft, and the opportunity to move up into the top 10 selections gives them a chance to secure one of those players for the next several years. Here is a quote from Roseman, the team's executive vice president of football operations.

"They way we looked at it, we felt like there were 10 players that really stood out to us," said Roseman. "Picking 13th, we felt like if we were in a position to get one of those top 10 guys, there was tremendous value in that. To be able to do it before draft day and spend more time vetting all those guys would really help us. So doing it before the draft, before draft day, as we've seen here over the last four years that it's not always easy to move up on draft day. So being able to get that and have it in our pocket as we got started here would help us in our direction of our offseason."

Brandon Brooks felt the love from Philly

Right guard Brandon Brooks signed a $40 million contract with the Eagles at the start of free agency, and one of the simple, biggest reasons why was because he felt wanted by the team and more specifically, the starting offensive line.

Cowboys Headlines

Dallas re-signs backup tight end to three-year deal

James Hanna agreed to a contract to return to the Cowboys behind top option Jason Witten. Hanna's deal is worth $8.25 million. The veteran was drafted by the Cowboys and has played his entire career with Dallas. Over the span of his career, Hanna has been listed as a starter in 29 games, showing off his worth in two-tight end sets as a top run blocker.

Cowboys receive four compensation picks in the NFL Draft

Dallas now has nine picks in the NFL draft. The team was awarded one fourth round compensation pick and three additional sixth round selections.

Cedric Thornton leaves Philadelphia to join Dallas

The defensive tackle signed a four-year contract with the Cowboys worth more than $18 million. Thornton, 27, has accumulated 45 starts during his career and could be a key piece as a 1-technique defensive tackle in the Cowboys defensive formation.

Redskins Headlines

Washington has interest in Reggie Nelson

Former Cincinnati Bengals safety Reggie Nelson has hit the free agent market and has his number of suitors, one of which being the Redskins. Nelson, 32, led the NFL with eight interceptions. Nelson is considered a legitimate centerfielder, but his age is a chief concern.

Washington re-signs Logan Paulsen

Paulsen, a tight end, was brought back to the nation's capital on a one-year deal despite missing last season due to a toe injury. Paulsen's value lies best in his ability to block on both passing and rushing plays.

Terence Garvin visits the Redskins

The 25-year-old middle linebacker would add some depth to the Redskins defense. A Baltimore native, Garvin did not immediately sign and plans to take more visits before reaching a conclusion. He's played in 43 games and has one start.

Draft Previews

Each blog has put together NFL Draft profiles of some of the top prospects in this year's installment. Here are some of the most recent ones that you should check out.

Bleeding Green Nation notes that the Eagles are set to host former Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott for a visit.

Blogging the Boys takes a look at what Jalen Ramsey could bring to the Cowboys defense as either a safety or cornerback.

Hogs Haven has a profile of Miami (Florida) cornerback Artie Burns, a 6-foot playmaker that could be available on Day 2 of the NFL Draft.